Toure explains origins of ‘the salmon tackle’

Matt Stead

Kolo Toure has explained the origins of his patented ‘salmon tackle’. It’s not as bad as it sounds, folks.

The Ivory Coast international is almost certain to start for Liverpool against Arsenal on Wednesday, although the defender has been an injury doubt ahead of the game after suffering cramp against Stoke in the Capital One Cup last week.

With Mamadou Sakho, Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel all already sidelined, Toure decided to defend a Xherdan Shaqiri cross by diving headfirst against Stoke in the League Cup semi-final, causing the injury.

Toure missed the FA Cup third-round clash with Exeter as a result, but will return – possibly alongside new signing Steven Caulker – at Anfield in midweek.

Discussing his unorthodox interception against Stoke, Toure told The Guardian: “José Enrique called it ‘The salmon tackle’. I am very proud of this. It’s something I have brought to football!

“I give everything for my team to win but the most important thing is to enjoy every second of every minute. Football is great, isn’t it?

“That is the mentality you need to have as a defender; when you are a defender at a top club every challenge is so important,” Touré added. “That’s why you play for the best club. If I have to make this tackle again I will make it. That was my time to show I can still produce for my team and for me as well.

“I had to stay on. You don’t want to give up and leave your team on their own at this time in a game. We had so many injuries and players going out, too, but to be honest it was only cramp. I managed to finish the game as a striker, which is not too bad.

“Afterwards the manager took a picture of me in the ice bath and made a few jokes. He knows I’m a fighter and that, whenever he needs me, I will step in and give my best for the team. I’m playing for one of the best clubs in the world at 34. Not many players can say that. I enjoy every minute and I am proud to be in this squad of players.”